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#1 Old 03-06-2012, 10:53 PM
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Mom's 2004 5.7 hemi blew up.

Ok so I'm just looking for some advice. My mom has a 2004 Limited D, yesterday the engine blew up. She was literally a block from her house and she heard a pop and the D just quit. Upon further inspection it looks like a piston blew out of the block near the starter. Her D only has 80,000 on the odometer and is treated like a baby. I'm just wondering what happened here? Any comments are appreciated.

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sorry to hear that!

hard to armchair diagnose an engine failure w/o being the one who takes the motor apart. so many variables.

did you get it to shop yet to find out the cause?

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That blow's!!! Will the insurance do anything, like put a new or used motor in the beast?

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Boy sorry to hear about the engine. Were there any signs of early failure?
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Quills:

If you do some searching on the internet, you will see that a number of the 04 Hemi's as well as a few 05's have experienced catastrophic failure for one of two reasons.

One of them is a collapsed valve spring that allows the attendant valve to drop into it's cylinder destroying the engine.

The second issue is purported to be a crankshaft quality/clearance issue the eventually results in a piston exiting the side of the block like yours.

There does not seem to be a rhyme or reason for the timing of the event. For some, it was 60-80K. For others it was 100K plus.
In my case, it was a dropped valve at 39K.

Victims of the destroyed Hemis have said that the fix runs between $4K to 7K to get their D back on the road depending on whether the replacement engine is new or used.

The labor to make the swap seems to be in the $1.8K to $2.2K range.

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I'm on engine number two myself. First one died @130K. There wasn't anything poking out of the block. So I'm pretty sure that it was a swallowed valve. Cost to repair was just under $4,000.00 with a used 17K engine that came out of a wreck.

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Hopefully your replacement engine was a much later model. Although 17k seems to be a jewel of a find, hopefully it was built after they discovered the spring issue and installed the upgraded springs.

If not, you may be in for a replay of a blown engine. Another D owner was experiencing a misfire, and caught the issue as a broken valve spring before it took the engine out.

I believe he ended up pulling both heads and going over them while replacing all springs with the ones used in the 6.1L Hemi.

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